Watermelon is one of the most popular summer fruits, as it is not only sweet but also very juicy and healthy. It is usually found whole in markets and served raw, which makes it important to know how to slice it properly. Among the main cut patterns are slices, triangles, slices and cubes.
Method 1 of 5: Slicing the Watermelon
Step 1. First, wash the watermelon skin
Use a fruit disinfectant, if available, or rinse the fruit under the tap to remove dirt, germs and pesticides. This step is very important, as anything that touches the knife on the outside will end up in contact with the pulp as it is sliced.
Step 2. Cut off the top and bottom of the watermelon rind
A saw knife is ideal for this purpose, as it cuts well for foods that have a soft interior and a hard rind, such as watermelons, tomatoes, and bread. Also, try to use a knife that is larger than the fruit that will be cut.
Step 3. Stand the watermelon upright and try to cut it in half from top to bottom
Note that when cutting along the stripes located on the watermelon rind, the seeds will end up on the outside of the slices, which will make it easier to remove them later
Step 4. Cut each half into two, three or four slices, according to the desired size
Step 5. Peel the watermelon by holding each slice in one hand and using the knife with the other to slowly separate the pulp from the skin
Step 6. Cross-cut each slice into uniform pieces of about 5 cm
Then repeat the process until you remove the pulp from all slices.
Method 2 of 5: Cutting the watermelon into slices
Step 1. Slice the watermelon by cutting it crosswise into slices about 5 cm in size
Step 2. Carefully slide the knife along the outside of the pulp to cut the skin
Also take the opportunity to remove the seeds from the fruit.
Step 3. Try cutting the slices into stick shapes or triangles
In addition, you can also use cookie cutters to cut them into more fun shapes, like stars.
Method 3 of 5: Cutting the Watermelon into Triangles
Step 1. Locate the center of the watermelon and cut the fruit in half
Step 2. Cut the watermelon halves in half
Place the fruit on a cutting board, with the skin facing up and the flesh facing down. Then cut each piece again in half.
Step 3. Take one of the watermelon quarters and slice into 2cm triangles
Then repeat until all the fruit is sliced.
Method 4 of 5: Cutting the Watermelon into Cubes
Step 1. Carefully cut the watermelon in half
Then place each half with the pulp side down and cut each half in half again.
Step 2. Cut the watermelon into triangles about 5 cm wide up to the height of the skin, but not through it
Step 3. Cut a slice lengthwise into the watermelon
Start on the side, about 5 cm from the peak. Then cut so that the tip of the knife runs along the shell.
Step 4. Continue to cut the watermelon into longitudinal slices about 5 cm from the first cut
However, avoid cutting it through the background. Then rotate the watermelon and repeat the process on the other side.
Step 5. Remove the pulp from the watermelon skin
Use knife to cut along the husk at the bottom of the pulp; use a sweeping motion across the fruit. Then you can pour the watermelon into a bowl or serving dish.
Method 5 of 5: Using an Ice Cream Scoop
Step 1. Cut the watermelon into quarters
Locate the center point of the watermelon and cut it in half to separate it into halves. Then place each half on a cutting board with the shell side facing up. Finish by cutting each half in half, lengthwise or crosswise.
Step 2. Use an ice cream scoop to remove the pulp from the watermelon and pour it into a bowl or plastic container
A seedless watermelon will work best for this method, as that way there will be no seeds in the watermelon balls. However, it is also possible to remove the seeds while removing the pulp
Step 3. Serve the chilled watermelon balls
As such, they are a delicious and refreshing dessert to serve in the summer.
- Watermelon has a sweet and subtle flavor that can be used as a snack during meals.
- Blend the watermelon in a blender or food processor (without the skin or seeds) to make a wonderful summer drink.
- Some people may like to combine a little citrus flavor from the lemon juice spread over the slices to make an even more refreshing dessert.
- The bark can also be used in cooking, such as for canning.
- Watermelons are grown with and without seeds. Choose carefully when purchasing it to ensure it is the type you want.
- Buy mini-watermelons for easier cutting and handling of slices.